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The Signal

Rated PG-13 97 minutes 2014

Three young friends track a mysterious computer hacker to a shack in the middle of nowhere, but it turns out to be the epicenter of an alien life force and all hell breaks loose; when they wake up, they're all prisoners of a government agency that wants to monitor their biological exposure to the invader. This sci-fi puzzler by cinematographer-turned-director William Eubank often recalls the work of Shane Carruth (Primer, Upstream Color) in its low-budget resourcefulness and creeping, gnawing paranoia, though the fascination with the mechanics of the human body connects it to a much older sci-fi tradition. Laurence Fishburne, as much of a genre icon now as Leonard Nimoy, contributes his usual stern impassivity as the scientist studying the three subjects, and the interrogation scenes, played out in a blindingly white room with the witness in a frail hospital gown and the scientist encased in a hazmat suit, are so chilly you might want to bring a sweater. With Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, and Beau Knapp.

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Director: William Eubank

Producer: Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Tyler Davidson, Richard Rothfield, Peter Schlessel, Lia Buman, Stuart Ford, Neishaw Ali and Colin Davies

Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Beau Knapp, Olivia Cooke, Laurence Fishburne, Lin Shaye, Robert Longstreet, Jeff Grover, Roy Kenny, Timothy Holmes, Ricardo Campos and Drew Sykes


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